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Sights & Sounds: Anne Yumi Kobori

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Anne Yumi Kobori

  • Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Theatre artist Anne Yumi Kubori is the founder of Utopia Theatre Project. She told KALW’s Jeneé Darden about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend. 
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Credit The Flamenco Society of San Jose

Enjoy an evening of flamenco with legendary guitarist Antonio Rey and singer/dancer Mara Rey. They’re visting from Spain to perform their new concert Two Parts of Me. The show is this Saturday, 6:30pm at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley.

“I have always had a love for Flamenco ever since my Mother showed me the movie Strictly Ballroom.”

Si Se Puede is a new performance from the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose. The show portrays the life and struggles of Cesar Chavez through South Indian classical dance and Mexican folkloric guitarists. It’s happening this Sunday, 4pm at the  School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.  

"Just growing up in California, Cesar Chavez was a huge part of me learning about workers' rights."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=71&v=BjctBdztbhQ

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Then They Came for Me is a multimedia exhibit about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Through photos, programs and workshops, it tells the story of the 120,000 Japanese American citizens forced from their West Coast homes. The exhibition is happening now thru the end of May. See it at the Futures without Violence building in San Francisco's Presidio

“It’s very personal for me. On my Father’s side of the family, both of his Mother and Father’s families were incarcerated.”

Anne Yumi Kubori wrote and co-stars in the new production Every Day Alice from the Utopia Theatre Project. The play runs now thru March 9th at the Piano Fight in San Francisco.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.